Monday, June 27, 2011

Bachmann Says She Is Not A 'Flake'

Chris Wallace pushes Michele Bachmann on how she'll make the transition from cable news flamethrower to presidential candidate:
Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann says a new poll showing her near the top of the GOP presidential pack in Iowa is proof that voters see her as a serious candidate.
“I am very serious about what I want to do,” Bachmann said on “Fox News Sunday,” saying that voters were
impressed with her recent New Hampshire debate appearance. “People recognize that I’m serious.”
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But host Chris Wallace pushed Bachmann on her history of making controversial statements and asked whether she was ready to be a national candidate.
“Are you a flake?” Wallace asked
“That would be insulting to say something like that,” responded Bachmann, pointing to her legislative and professional record. “Of course a person has to be careful with what their words are. And now I will have an opportunity to speak fully.”
This doesn't really get at the issue of Bachmann's zero major legislative accomplishments, but it does offer at least a hint of how she'll parry some of the more obviously skeptical, process-oriented questions about her preparedness for the campaign.
And if you close your eyes and imagine Chris Wallace is Charlie Gibson, and Michele Bachmann sounds a little less Minnesotan and a little more interested in the Trans-Alaska Pipeline ...
UPDATE: Shots have been fired, via Alex Isenstadt:
Bachmann said she was “disappointed” that Romney had yet to sign a pro-life pledge that the conservative group Susan B. Anthony List had asked 2012 contenders to sign.
“Gov. Romney has a history of changing his position” on abortion, she said.
Asked what Romney’s position on abortion was, Bachmann responded: “It’s up to Mitt Romney to say what he is.”

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